We have all made mistakes and I am fairly sure that most of us will have done so in the new world of social media, whether that be writing things after having one too many or falling for a scam. It was pretty clear that the Arsenal and England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had made a mistake like that when he liked a post that included a call for Arsene Wenger to step down.
When I say that the Arsenal manager and his rival from Chelsea agree on the Premier League title race, perhaps it is more accurate to say that both Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte are saying the same things about the season being far from over and there still being a chance that the Blues could blow it and lose out to the Gunners or any of the other clubs making up the top six of the EPL table.
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The Blues were 3-1 winners over the visiting Arsenal side as goals from Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas were all Chelsea needed to take all the three maximum points before Olivier Giroud pulled a goal back for the Gunners (consolation one for that matter) as he was set up by the impressive delivery of Nacho Monreal on the left side of attack.
With Arsenal going to Chelsea hoping to close the nine point gap on the current Premier League leaders, you knew that the Gunners needed a bit of luck to be on our side as well as needing a good performance, but as has been the case for pretty much the whole season, lady luck seemed to be ignoring Arsenal.
Our injury and absentee situation in central midfield left the manager with no option but the inexperienced Iwobi and Chamberlain, but we actually started well and were looking good, for about 12 minutes. Then it all went wrong and the goal by Marcos Alonso typified why this season will see Chelsea and not Arsenal lift the EPL trophy.
Judging from the way that Arsenal have been lining up of late the question that Antonio Conte would have been most concerned with as he prepared his table topping Chelsea side for this big London derby clash with the Gunners was probably who would be whether Arsenal would start with Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck as centre forward.
So the Italian may have been surprised to see that Arsene Wenger has left both of these in form strikers on the bench and gone back to the formation that worked so well when we beat the Blues at the Emirates back in September, with Alexis Sanchez through the middle and Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott on either side.
The Arsenal for the last two seasons have seemed to be built upon the superlative performance of the attacking duo of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez going forward. The form of Alexis in attack and the presence of the German playmaker Mesut Ozil behind him in midfield have yielded more dividend for the Gunners in previous seasons.
At the moment there are some mind boggling issues regarding the contract of the attacking duo in the Arsenal Football Club.
The Blues welcomes Arsenal in the top of the table clash at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea occupy the 1st spot in the League with 56 points to Arsenal’s third position with 47 points along with Tottenham Hotspur ( but with a better goal difference).
Chelsea are hot favourites, and my favourite tipping site www.footballbets.tips thinks Chelsea will win, but the Blues lost with a huge margin earlier this season to the Gunners (3-0) at the Emirates as goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil inspired Arsenal’s excellent win.
While I am fairly confident that Arsene Wenger does not get the Arsenal squad together before a big game and tell them that it is going to be easy and that they only have to turn up and put in the minimal amount of effort on the pitch in order to win, it sometimes looks like this has been the case.
I really hope that I am not speaking too soon here, with Arsenal having a Premier League game tonight against Watford before the big one against the current table toppers Chelsea on Saturday. At the minute, though, we only have one first team player unavailable due to injury and at this point of the season that is almost unheard of for Arsenal.
For most of the season the Gunners have been at or near the top of the league table for EPL clubs and the number of players injured, but on the final day of transfer deadline day Squawka.com shows that only Chelsea have fewer players in the treatment room than us.
The host Gunners entertains the visiting side Burnley in the return fixture of the Barclays Premier League with so much to expect as the big guns minus the main rival (Chelsea at the top of the Premier League summit) like Liverpool, City and Tottenham Hotspur while United needed a late goal from their Veteran skipper Wayne Rooney to draw United back in the game which was cagey at Britannia Stadium (Stoke City).